What Does it Mean to be Purpose Built?

If you’re in the business of handling refrigerated cargo, then you know all too well about the constant reliance on electrical power to keep your perishable cargo fresh (at least while it’s under your watch). The need for generators to supply this electric power is great.

Using standby generators that are designed for emergency use may not be the best solution for managing the harsh realities of the reefer cargo industry.

What’s required is a purpose built solution that can provide substantial electrical supply in a robust package that fits neatly into the working environment of the shipping industry.

But what does Purpose Built mean?

To be purpose built a product must have the ability to complete a specific task so uniquely that every aspect of its design takes the following elements into account:

  • How it is going to be used. (Application)
  • Where it will be used. (Environment)
    Who will be using it. (Safety)
  • When it will be used. (Time Frame)

Power Packs, generators designed for powering refrigerated containers, are an example of such a product. But not all power packs are created equal. Simply being called a Power Pack does not make it purpose built for reefer cargo application.

Power Pool Plus takes all of the above elements into consideration when designing power packs.


How it will be used (Application)

Our Power Packs are designed to be easily handled in and around a port environment including ships and barges. Outfitted with both fork pockets and corner pockets our power packs can be easily moved or positioned by any heavy lift port equipment.

For use on barge, space is limited. Yet maintaining proper airflow is critical to power pack performance. We take that into consideration while still allowing our machines to stack neatly between containers.


Where it will be used (Environment)

Uneven ground, constant repositioning, salt air/water, extreme heat and humidity, cold arctic waters – these are just some of the harsh realities of keeping the cold chain intact. Our power packs are designed and built with these considerations.


Who will be using it (Safety)

In ports things move fast and keeping people safe is priority #1. Power Pool Plus goes to great lengths to ensure this is met.

To reduce the risk of electric shock, we use only ESL’s line of safety interlock receptacle modules. This ensures safe handling of electric plug connections made at the Power Pack panel.


When it will be used (Time Frame)

How long will your power pack need to run unattended? Fuel delivery in ports can be a big problem. And on barges it’s impossible until next port call. Our power packs are designed with standard 1000 gallon (3785l) fuel tanks ensuring long runtimes of 36 to 48 hours depending on use and application.


Of course these are just some of the standard purpose built features that set Power Pool Plus apart.

Have a very unique requirement?

Our engineering team can design a purpose built power pack specifically for you. Just let us know the details.